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2017 Florida Statutes

F.S. 483.23
483.23 Offenses; criminal penalties.
(1)(a) It is unlawful for any person to:
1. Operate, maintain, direct, or engage in the business of operating a clinical laboratory unless she or he has obtained a clinical laboratory license from the agency or is exempt under s. 483.031.
2. Conduct, maintain, or operate a clinical laboratory, other than an exempt laboratory or a laboratory operated under s. 483.035, unless the clinical laboratory is under the direct and responsible supervision and direction of a person licensed under part III of this chapter.
3. Allow any person other than an individual licensed under part III of this chapter to perform clinical laboratory procedures, except in the operation of a laboratory exempt under s. 483.031 or a laboratory operated under s. 483.035.
4. Violate or aid and abet in the violation of any provision of this part or the rules adopted under this part.
(b) The performance of any act specified in paragraph (a) shall be referred by the agency to the local law enforcement agency and constitutes a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Additionally, the agency may issue and deliver a notice to cease and desist from such act and may impose by citation an administrative penalty not to exceed $5,000 per act. Each day that unlicensed activity continues after issuance of a notice to cease and desist constitutes a separate act.
(2) Any use or attempted use of a forged license under this part or part III of this chapter constitutes the crime of forgery.
History.s. 23, ch. 67-248; ss. 19, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 2, ch. 77-48; s. 1, ch. 77-457; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 20, 29, 30, ch. 83-276; s. 31, ch. 92-58; s. 19, ch. 93-40; ss. 16, 25, ch. 93-178; s. 438, ch. 97-103; s. 4, ch. 2000-154; s. 34, ch. 2012-160.